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Scales: Book One of the Fate and Fire Trilogy

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Tessa Conley isn’t ready to go back home to Austin when her summer course in London comes to an end. She gets her wish as she steps into a new world of urban fantasy and mystery when she is transformed into a living gargoyle, complete with wings and a tail. Mostly human by day and gargoyle by night, Tessa is not alone in her new world with other gargoyles in the bookstore ...more
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Published December 3rd 2015 by Strigidae Publishing (first published June 2013)
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John Dizon
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scales by Amity Green is an enthralling adventure tale set in London where Texas-born Tessa Conley is attending a summer college course. Along with her friend Bree, the Austinites are loving every minute of it until they make a strange discovery. An antique bookstore proves fascinating to Tessa, and she lingers well after dark and finds herself locked in after closing time. It begins a mystical journey during which she is drawn into a brotherhood of shape-shifters. They are threatened by a dark ...more
Keep Calm Novel On
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author via Booktasters provided a copy of the ePub in exchange for an honest review.

Amity Green’s Young Adult Urban Fantasy Scales takes the reader on an original and unpredictable journey. Tessa has lived her life in an orphanage in Austin, Texas. She is spending a life-changing summer in London. As she is preparing to return home, Tessa visits a bookstore and her path changes forever.

Green creates a world set in London and in a castle in Scotland. The author’s attention to detail paints a
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Kristin
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scales was a book that certainly was a fun read; bookstore, gargoyles, London and Scotland. If you like urban fantasy and such things that I mentioned, it is a recommended read.
Nina Schluntz
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Scales is your typical heroine origins story. And like all good origin stories, the main character is an orphan girl, coming of age and wanting to avoid the life fate has in store for her. Instead of her becoming a vampire, like most of these stories seem to go, she is a shape shifting gargoyle. A bit of originality—I can’t say I’ve read any other books about that. However, the book does follow the normal recipe a reader of young adult fiction has come to expect.

I will give the author credit, sh
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emily
Scales is about a young woman, Tessa, who traveled to London for school. She finds a lot more than what she was expecting. A whole new world. Tessa is unexpectedly turned into a gargoyle in a local bookstore. Forced to leave everything behind, a dark force rises and takes someone dear to Tessa away. Tessa will discover secrets and horrors in this new world.

Scales is fantastic! I'm so happy I was able to read a well-written fantasy novel that isn't cliche. I would have never thought of a book ab
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Fatma Alici
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The main draw for me with Scales was the protagonist, Tessa. She has a strong personal well of strength which is evident in everything she does. In a first person style book the person talking has to be sympathetic, enjoyed, and admired by the person reading it. The entire book rests on them. Tessa does not fail this test in any way. I liked her from the first page, and I never stopped.

The plot moves smoothly, and the subtle hint of menace which slowly grows until just the right moment. The othe
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Jamie
May 24, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just won this in a Goodreads giveaway! I am excited to soon receive it and start reading!
I will post a review when I finish it.
Robert Turnbull
I'm not a fan of this genre, but yet the book held my interest. The characters are interesting and a nice twist for this type of Gargoyle story.
Kaitlyn
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a young girl, Tessa, who is studying abroad in England and unexpectedly turns into a gargoyle. She is faced with trying to figure out how to go day-to-day with this new life, figuring out who is good and who is bad, and who all are gargoyles and who are something else. There is a lot of history, myths, and mystery in this book and it made for a really good read. The characters were really interesting, especially Ezra. Peter was definitely my favorite. At first I thought the bo ...more
Patrick Tinney
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was very happy with the way Scales reached out and grabbed me from the opening pages. Amity Green created a very lovable character in Tessa. As the story roles along Tessa goes from a confused and frightened young woman to a fearsome fighter who isn’t so willing to back away from conflict. Tessa experiences a life-altering change along the way and it strengthens her resolve. The setting is in present day London and Scotland. The city of London itself is surrounded by history and mystery.
This b
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Jill M. Erolin
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delightful escape! I'm not much into the fantasy genre normally but I picked up another book by Ms. Green called the Witcher Chimes and I'm hooked on this author. Witcher Chimes is also on the fantasy side but I thought it was going to be more on the paranormal side which I enjoy but it was a lucky accident. Her heroines are right on point and not puppets to fate. Her ability to paint a picture made the book almost a travelogue and I really feel the need to go to London and Scotland. I'm not r ...more
Dawn
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully written book of mystery, plot twists and secrets! Scales captivated me from the beginning to the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the locations, the smells, the sounds, the sights, and the characters. You are easily taken along on an action-packed ride through London and Scotland. The easy flow of the storyline and the interaction between the characters kept me quickly turning the pages to read what happened next. All of the characters were brilliantly br ...more
Latifa
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
While the premise of this book was intriguing and unique, it really needed some editing and proofreading. Hopefully, the author has continued to tighten up her style, because I would be interested to read some of her newer work.
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Amity Green is an award-winning essayist and author of urban fantasy novels and horror stories. She has enjoyed professions as a truck driver, bartender, and raft guide, and now works as assistant to Kevin J. Anderson. Writing under the pen name Amity Green, her debut novel, Scales, was released in 2013. A Colorado native, Marie resides in Manitou Springs with her pets where she produces works of ...more